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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 10, 2012 

a Fork in 

Incumbents Win Reelection

 All four incumbents easily 
won reelection during 
Tuesday’s race for sets on the 
Pasadena City College Board 
of Trustees, unofficial results 

 In a contentious race 
incumbent Jeanette Mann 
beat Brian Fuller with 67.87 
percent of the vote for area 
2 which includes, Sierra 
Madre, Altadena and east 
Pasadena. Mann and Fuller 
both made recent headlines 
after Fuller accused Mann of 
voter fraud filing a complaint 
with the District Attorney’s 

 John Martin won 
representation of Area 6 with 
65.33 percent beating out 
Chris Cofer, a community 
college teacher. 

 William Thomson led Area 
4 with 84.67 percent, by far 
the largest percentage, win 
beating M.A.C. “Maestro” 

 Linda Wah ran unopposed.

 Mann has been on the 
board since 1983. She was 
recently elected president of 
the California Community 
College Trustees ( CCCT ) 
Board and will serve on the 
21-member board whose 
members provide guidance 
for the districts and colleges 
that constitute the system. 
The board meets five times 
a year to take action on 
education policy issues. 

 Thomson was first elected to 
the board on November 2007 
to represent Area 4, which 
covers most of Pasadena. 
He currently serves as the 
boards president.

 Martin represents Area 6, 
which encompasses Temple 
City, and portions of Arcadia, 
Rosemead, and El Monte. He 
has been a member of the 
PACCD board since 1979.

 Wah was selected to fill 
the Area 5 ( San Marino, 
South Pasadena, Temple 
City ) vacancy created by 
the departure of Dr. Hilary 
Bradbury-Huang in July of 
2010. Wah, a San Marino 
resident, currently serves as 
a director at large for Women 
at Work, a non-profit career 
counseling center that 
helps women and men find 

By Dean Lee

Now an official event, 
organizers have planned 
a food drive this weekend 
around the now infamous, 
and newly reinstalled 
Fork in the Road—a large 
guerrilla art piece that first 
appeared Halloween in 

Word on the street, literally, 
is that both Mayor Bill 
Bogaard and Pasadena 
Police Chief Phillip Sanchez 
have gotten behind the 
event. Philip Coombs, the 
event’s organizer said they 
hope to get five tons of food 
donated to benefit Union 
Station’s Homeless Services.

Coombs along with other 
volunteers will be wearing 
bright orange Caltrans 
suits at the intersection 
of Pasadena Avenue, St. 
John Avenue. The garb 
symbolizes their original 
effort spending all night 
digging and pouring cement 
getting the 18-foot utensil 
ready as a birthday surprise 
for 75-year-old Bob Stane.

Organizers say donations 
can be given through a 
drop-off at, “fork plaza,” 
near 200 Bellefontaine 
Street, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday—rain 
or shine. 

The fork has been the 
location of a number of 
events including the first 
food drive in 2009 as a 
celebration of the fork, 
at that time organizers, 
collected two tons of 
food. The fork has also 
been dressed up at both 
Christmas and Valentine’s 

It was removed June 10, 
2010 after city officials, 
Caltrans and fork supports 
came to an agreement on 
what to do with it. The fork 
spent months being restored 
in an Altadena backyard, it 
was reinstalled in the same 
area, slightly farther back 
from the street Oct 21.

A small crowd gathered to 
cheer the utensil’s return 
including its creators 
Coombs, and artist Ken 
Marshall. Stane was also 
among the crowd. 

The fork has also inspired 
city officials to create a 
temporary art installation 
program in other unusual 
locations such as traffic 
islands and medians 
throughout the city.

Parade Target of Occupy Movement

By Dean Lee

As the first Rose Parade 
bleachers go up at TV corner 
this week, organizers, calling 
themselves Occupy the 
Rose Parade, have set their 
sights on the area calling on 
demonstrators Jan.1 and Jan. 
2 to oppose corporate money 
behind the parade floats. The 
parade this year is on Jan. 2 

Peter Thottam, the person 
behind the official website,, 
said the goal was to get at least 
40,000 protesters to come 
out. “Hopefully thousands of 
occupiers will come together 
with signs to talk about how 
dysfunctional the economic 
and political system have 

Thottam declined to say if 
they would target any specific 
floats or parade entrees, He 
did say this was a national 

“We’re very clear that this is 
not part of occupy LA.” He 
said. “We’re asking people 
from around the U.S. and 
occupy members around the 
world to join us at the Rose 
Parade. The one primary 
message above all others is, 
get corporate money out of 

Thottam said they plan to 
take full advantage of the 
Tournament of Roses’ policy 
of never on Sunday, a long 
standing practice of pushing 
the parade one day to Jan. 
2 when New Year’s falls on 
a Sunday. The idea is to not 
have the parade conflict with 
religious worship in the city.

“We are going to start 
concentrating there the day 
before,” he said. “We are 
going to have a human float 
that we will bring together.” 

Thottam said the group plans 
to organize in front of the 
Norton Simon Museum but 
also declined to say if the 
group would try and infiltrate 
the secured grandstand areas. 

In an unrelated statement 
Wednesday, Pasadena 
Police Chief Phillip Sanchez 
said “parade groups are 
encouraged to respect the 
rights of all who attend the 
parade, many of whom travel 
great distances with their 

He added, “As the primary 
agency responsible for 
safety, the Pasadena Police 
Department is well equipped 
to handle emergencies and 
unusual occurrences. The 
vast majority of people who 
attend this event have little 
contact with the police, in 
part because of the mutual 
respect among those 
attending the parade.”

Thottam said he had 
contacted members of 
Occupy Pasadena another 
unrelated activist group in 
the city.

Members of the group 
said Thursday night at an 
organizing meeting that 
they have no official plans in 
place to be part of Occupy 
the Rose Parade. Esteban Gil, 
an activist from the group, 
said they had concerns about 
disrupting the parade.




Mayor to 

Twi-Hards To 
Discuss Film 

 Finally together at last, 
will newlyweds Bella and 
Edward ever find true 
marital happiness? Or is 
theirs a love ultimately 
doomed by forces beyond 
their control? 

 Twi-hards, the nickname 
for the most die-hard fans 
of the incredibly popular 
“Twilight” series of books 
and films, are invited to 
discuss them at Pasadena 
Central Library, 285 E. 
Walnut St., from 11 a.m. 
to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 
– the day after the release 
of Part 1 of the final movie 
installment, “Twilight: 
Breaking Dawn.”

 Whether you’re with 
Team Edward, Team Jacob 
or just plain teeming with 
excitement for the whole 
“Twilight” saga, here’s your 
chance to meet with other 
Twi-hards and talk it all out. 

 It’s also an opportunity 
to visit the library’s aptly 
named Teen Central on 
the fourth floor, a new 
space devoted entirely to 
teens and featuring plenty 
of room to study, hang out 
and explore the library’s 
expansive selection of teen 
books, magazines and 

 For more information call 
(626) 744-4066.

 Mayor Bill Bogaard, Ralphs 
Grocery Company and Food 
4 Less will launch the ninth 
annual Operation Gobble 
Gobble on Saturday, Nov. 
19, at 7:30 a.m. at Pasadena 
City Hall to distribute 
400 Thanksgiving turkeys 
with all the trimmings to 
local community agencies 
that serve low-income 

 Ralphs and Food 4 Less 
are generously donating 
the Thanksgiving turkeys 
along with stuffing, canned 
vegetables, potatoes, stuffing 
and pumpkin pie.

 “Thanksgiving is a 
wonderful opportunity 
for all Pasadenans to 
give thanks for blessings 
received throughout the 
year,” said Bogaard. “It is 
also an opportunity to share 
those blessings with others, 
particularly in these difficult 
economic times.”

 At Centennial Square in 
front of City Hall, Bogaard 
will be joined by Ralphs and 
Food 4 Less team members, 
Pasadena firefighters, 
community volunteers and 
others to distribute the 
turkeys to organizations 
including Pasadena Unified 
School District’s Healthy 
Start program, Union Station 
Foundation, Armenian 
Relief Society, Ronald 
McDonald House, Mothers’ 
Club Family Learning 
Center, Lutheran Social 
Services, Vista Nova Home 
for the Blind, El Centro de 
Acción Social and Elizabeth 
House, among others.

 “Ralphs and Food 4 Less 
are pleased to partner with 
Mayor Bogaard once again to 
help make this Thanksgiving 
special for many people who 
otherwise might not have 
the resources to enjoy a 
complete holiday meal,” said 
Donna Giordano, president 
of Ralphs Grocery Co. As we 
believe at Ralphs & Food 4 
Less, ‘Community Matters.’”

 For more information about 
“Operation Gobble Gobble,” 
please contact Rhonda Stone 
at (626) 744-7147.


Citizen Journalism Meet-up


The Pasadena Community 
Network and this newspaper 
are holding a workshop on 
Citizen Journalism. 

 This group is the place where 
aspiring journalists can learn 
from trained professionals 
and support their local 
community by covering what’s 
really happening in their 

 We will put the news in your 
hands. Learn how to find 
the story, the tools needed to 
capture the story and the means 
to tell the story using the power 
of video, audio and print along 
with online social media The 
next meeting is Nov. 15 from 6 
p.m. to 8p.m. at the Pasadena 
Community Network - Studio 
G, 2057 N. Los Robles Ave.

 For more info call 626.794.8585 
or visit

 Learn not just how 
to blog but how to 
report the news

Pet of 
the Week

Children’s Chorus to Showcase 
Music from Around the Globe


 Los Angeles Children’s Chorus 
shares music from around the 
globe at its popular annual 
Winter Concert December 4 
and 11, 2011, 7 PM, at Pasadena 
Presbyterian Church. The 
chorus performs works by Sir 
David Willcocks, Gustav Host 
and Andrew Carter, as well as 
folk songs, sacred and secular 
compositions from Hungary, 
Germany and Camaroon; 
lullabies from Holland and 
Philippines; lively carols from 
France, England and Catalonia; 
and the moving Hebrew prayer 
setting of L’dor vador.

 The program opens with the 
16th century carol El Noi de 
la Mare, popularized in recent 
times by guitarists Andres 
Segovia and Christopher 
Parkening. Other choral 
gems featured are the festive 
Cantemus!, composed in 1977 
by Bárdos, who was among 
Zoltan Kodály’s first students; 
Mädchenlied, a set of songs 
written by Brahms in 1878 and 
set to the poetry of Siegfried 
Kapper’s “Songs of Serbia;” 
Gustav Holst’s Hymn to the 
Waters, composed in 1910 and 
based on Sanskrit texts that 
Holst himself translated; Maria 
Walks Amid the Thorn, a 16th 
century work that tells the story 
of a creation miracle; and Noël 
Nouvelet, dating from 17th 
century France and one of the 
oldest European carols still in 
modern usage. 

 Additional highlights include 
The Glories of Shakespeare, 
which features five settings of 
texts from the plays composed 
by well-known British organist, 
choirmaster and composer 
David Willcocks; the traditional 
Philippines lullaby Caturog 
na, Nonoy; and L’dor vador, 
an ancient Hebrew prayer set 
by Cantor Meir Finkelstein, 
a noted film and television 
composer as well and one of 
the most popular contemporary 
Jewish liturgical composers in 
the country.

 LACC Artistic Director Anne 
Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ 
renowned Concert Choir and 
Chamber Singers. Associate 
Artistic Director Mandy 
Brigham leads the Intermediate 
Choir, Larissa Donnelly leads 
the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. 
Steve Kronauer conducts the 
Young Men’s Ensemble. The 
choirs will perform separately 
and combined.

 Tickets are $26, $38 and 
$44; children 17 and under 
are half price. For tickets 
and information, please 
call (626) 793-4231 or visit 
Pasadena Presbyterian Church 
is located at 585 East Colorado 
Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.

PCC First Year Experience 
Speaker Series Presents 
‘The Legacy of the Pact’

 Pasadena City College 
concludes its First-Year 
Experience Pathways 
Program speaker series with 
“The Legacy of the Pact” on 
November 18 at 3:30 p.m. in 
PCC’s Creveling Lounge.

 Doctors Sampson Davis, 
Rameck Hunt, and George 
Jenkins, bestselling authors 
of “The Pact,” will tell their 
inspiring story of how three 
young men from Newark, 
N.J., persisted to achieve their 
dreams and become doctors. 
The trio will also discuss the 
educational implications of 
their extraordinary lives and 

 “The Pact” has also 
been selected for PCC’s 
“One Book, One College” 
program. Sponsored by 
PCC’s Office of Student 
Affairs, Cross-Cultural 
Center, Campus Diversity 
Initiative, Teaching and 
Learning Center, and Student 
Access and Success Initiative 
(SASI), the program’s goal is 
to supplement the college’s 
ongoing conversations about 
which its students are and 
how it can best serve them.

 The First-Year Experience 
Program is designed to 
increase student success 
and retention for incoming 
students from high school. 
Pilot is funded by a Federal 
Title V grant and supported 
by SASI grants. Students are 
recruited from the Pasadena 
Unified School District 
and other in-district high 

 For more information, please 
go to http://1book1college. please call 
(626) 585-3243.

 Mico is an 8-year-old red 
and white Siberian Husky. 
She’s a lovely older gal and 
qualifies for our Seniors for 
Seniors program in which 
her adoption fee is waived 
for adopters 60 years old or 

 Mico’s adoption fee is 
waived if she’s adopted by 
someone 60 years old or 
older. All you pay is the $20 
microchip fee! 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A298025, or visit at 361 S. 
Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. 
Adoption hours are 11-4 
Sunday, 9-5 Tuesday –
Friday, 9-4 Saturday. 
Directions and photos of all 
pets can be found at www.

Take the 
Confusion out 
of Technology

 Are you wondering what 
is new in the “Technology” 
world? iPad? Smart Phone? 
Streaming TV Set-Up Box? 
The tools made to enhance 
our lives sometimes confuse 

 Do you have one of these 
devices? Are you wondering 
what to do with it? Join us 
on Saturday, November 19 
at 11 a.m. at the Hastings 
Branch Library, 3325 East 
Orange Grove Blvd. as we 
help you take the confusion 
out of technology. For more 
information, call (626) 744-